Dublin Uncovered is a project based around the National Monument of the significant St. Thomas’s Abbey, located on the now derelict site of the Meath Market on South Earl Street, the Liberties, Dublin 8. Our purpose is to create a unique outdoor interactive visitor centre as an incubus for research, education, community training, employment and interpretation of the Liberties rich heritage and to a wider audience.
On every aspect we hope to break new boundaries, particularly regarding:
- how archaeology is processed
- community access and ownership
- how visitors can interpret heritage
- sustainable social enterprise approaches for heritage using innovative methodologies
We aim to offer diverse, non-intrusive and digital means of interpretation so that for the first time in Ireland, medieval and monastic archaeology will be understood ‘fresh from the ground’. Excavation, conservation and presentation of the archaeological remains of the abbey is just one aspect of our projects long-term aims and our goal is to work with statutory bodies and interested third parties to ensure this may become a reality. We will not only present the site to the public but provide a platform for the community to build a database of their stories, songs, photos and memories into one-stop social history store working with pioneering and groundbreaking methodologies.
We hope in the near future to host historical interactive heritage experiences along with exhibitions on the history and archaeology of the Liberties and the Abbey of St Thomas the Martyr.
These are a few ideas we have for the site and some further objectives are outlined below:
- to add to, and enhance, the research of European monasticism and medieval Dublin
- to progress archaeological methodologies regarding processes, archiving, interpretation and commercial use with integrity and best practice
- to engage the community in the continuing development of the Dublin Uncovered Project
- to develop a national monument as a resource for public enjoyment using innovative and groundbreaking methods
- to create an incubus for employment and education within the area of the Liberties